How your baby’s growing
Ask for a kiss and your little one could understand what you’re saying. Babies this age can follow simple instructions, passing a cup or giving a hug. And in addition to “Mama” and “Dada,” your baby may babble short, fully inflected sentences that sound like a foreign language. Keep talking to your child, naming and labelling objects and people – the more you do, the faster your child’s vocabulary will grow. By now, your baby may respond to simple questions – for example, “Where’s your mouth?” – by pointing.
And get your camera ready! Some babies take their first steps at this age – usually with their feet turned out. You might want to snap a picture of your baby during meals too. Eleven-month-olds can sometimes use a spoon all by themselves – even if more food gets on the floor than in their mouths.
About now, your baby’s play will probably change from working fine motor skills to exercising larger muscles. Your little rascal is likely to think it’s fun to push, throw, and knock down everything in sight. Giving toys to others or taking them away is also new in your child’s repertoire of talents.
How your life’s changing
Many mums stop breastfeeding after their child’s first birthday. If you think that’s a good time to wean your baby, make plans now – it should be a gradual process. Try shortening the feeds and offering your baby a cup or glass instead.
Looking for new ways to bond with your baby? Recent studies have shown that language skills and even intelligence can depend on a baby’s daily exposure to a large vocabulary. So if you and your spouse don’t already read to your baby, why not start now?
Parent tip: Energy booster
“I find just spending an hour alone in the house with complete silence is sometimes all I need to recharge my batteries and give me the energy I need for my family.” – Anya